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City project leaves historic Fifth Ward with a muddy mess

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"That's embarrassing! It's embarrassing to have to live like this," says Lola Purvis.

Purvis is hot in the Fifth Ward. She's also embarrassed at the condition of her neighborhood, street, shoes on her feet, and her home.

That embarrassment came after the city of Houston began its Rebuild Houston multimillion dollar water line replacement project....Those who live in the community say it's been more of a muddy mess than progress.

Kathy Blueford Daniels is a long-time resident of the area.

"We appreciate improvements with the new water lines because we're long overdue," says Daniels. She lives on Amboy and she says her street hasn't been the same since the water line improvement project began in November. Sinkholes, standing water, and mud everywhere.

Daniels says, "don't just leave our neighborhood because it's fifth ward...this is like a third world country here."

Bill White is the President of the northeast civic club in the area. He says his phone has been ringing off the hook with mainly senior citizens complaining about the improvement project that has razed the charm of the aging neighborhood.

White says, "the biggest complaint is accessibility both to homes and churches. As the work is done driveways are disturbed people are being stuck in the mud and having to pay for wreckers. "

Those who live in the Fifth Ward say they want the city to come back and clean up what they messed up because with the current weather conditions things will only go further down the muddy hill.

Alvin Wright with the city's Public Works department says the city's contractor handled the project and workers should've cleaned up the area before leaving it in its current condition. Wright says the city project manager will contact the private contractor to ensure they address the issue and be more considerate of residents in the future.

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